And the winners are...
Sunday night was filled with big hair, big surprises and some of the biggest members and allies of the LGBT community for the 43rd annual Nicky Awards which took place at The Marriott Courtyard at Liberty Station.
The cool December evening was alive with excitement and anticipation as some of San Diego's most well-known community members filed into the double-doors at the Marriot in Point Loma. People took their places on the step-and-repeat for a photo op before heading into the lobby to mingle, sip wine and bid on items in the silent auction.
The Mayor of Hillcrest and founder of the Nicky's, Nicole Murray Ramirez was as busy as his bright blue and white blazer, making the social rounds while getting everything in place to start the big show.
Special guests included Mayor Kevin Faulconer and First Lady Katherine, on hand to present the Mayor George Moscone Humanitarian Award directly to special guests Judy and Dennis Shepard for their work in fundraising and LGBT social causes.
The Harvey Milk Award was presented to the San Diego History Museum, 18-year-old trans activist Sam Moehlig, and the documentary film The San Diego Gay Bar History.
Then it was all in the hands of the emcee "Miss Pearl," who entertained the crowd while presenting the golden statuettes. The audience was then treated to a special performance by Paris Sukomi Max channeling Elphaba from Wicked before the final awards were given out and the evening came to a close.
This very publication won Best Online Publication for the eighth year in a row.
Organizers were dedicated to keeping the show under two hours and that's exactly what they did. Overall, thorough cheers, tears, and applause, it was another successful night at the Nicky Awards.
Here are the 2018 winners:
Man of the Year: Benny Cartwright
Woman of the Year: Toni Duran
Outstanding Sports Org – San Diego American Flag Football League
Outstanding Pharmacy-(Tie) AHF & Hillcrest Pharmacy
Outstanding Brunch- Uptown Tavern
Outstanding Neighborhood Bar- The Loft
Outstanding Bar – Flicks
Outstanding Medical MJ Dispensary- SDRC - San Diego Recreational Cannabis
Outstanding Nightclub/Bar Event- Welfare Wednesday at Flicks
Outstanding Trainer- Kristofer Reynolds
Outstanding Night Club/Dance Bar- Rich’s
Outstanding Women’s Night- Finger me Friday at Gossip Grill
Outstanding Bar Owner- Andy Clark at The Loft
Outstanding Bar Manager- Patrick Walsh at Flicks
Outstanding Female Bartender- Bekah Levine at Gossip Grill
Outstanding Male Bartender- Eric Arroyo at Uptown Tavern
Outstanding Bar Employee- Korie Houston at Baja Betty’s
Outstanding Impersonator- Kickxy Vixen Styles
Outstanding DJ/Vj- Dj Will Z
Outstanding Female Personality- Ebby Mullins
Outstanding Male Personality- (Tie) Steve Juarez & Tyler Renner
Outstanding Transgender Activist- Paul Rhodes
Outstanding Levi/Leather Personality- Bill Willis
Outstanding Entertainer/Group- (Tie) San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus & San Diego Kings Club
Outstanding Title Holder- Mr Gay Pride 2018 Ziggy Zig
Outstanding Restaurant- Urban Mo’s
Outstanding Male waitperson- Dash at Baja Betty’s
Outstanding Female Waitperson- Marisol at Urban Mo’s
Outstanding Business (Tie) Luigi Vera’s & Wynn BarberShop
Outstanding New Business- Inside Out
Outstanding Business Man- Jay Jones & Brad Hart
Outstanding Business Woman- Steph Burnside
Outstanding Achievement in the Arts -Erik Benson
Outstanding Community Volunteer- Sister Ida Know
Outstanding HIV/AIDS Service Provider – Being Alive
Outstanding Community Activist- William Kelly
Outstanding Community Event- San Diego Pride
Outstanding LGBT Community Org- Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol
Outstanding Straight Ally Jessica Wight Carter
Outstanding LGBT Publication- Gay San Diego
Outstanding LGBT Writer/Columnist- Timothy Rawles
Outstanding LGBT Online Media- SDGLN
Outstanding Bank- California Coast Credit Union
Outstanding Night Club Dancer- Marvin Garcia
Outstanding LGBT Couple- Female Kristy & Liz Salazar
(Outstanding LGBT Couple Male Cesar Reyes & John Paul Spickard
'Outstanding Hairstylist- Britton Purvis
Outstanding Real Estate Agent- Todd Armstrong
Outstanding Corporate Sponsor- Hotel Del Coronado